VEDC reveals details about $100,000 fund for campus switch

By Advocate Staff Report
March 15, 2011 at 1:01 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2011 at 10:15 p.m.

The $100,000 allocated to it by city council last month will be used to help educate the public about the University of Houston-Victoria's potential switch into the Texas A&M system, an economic development official said Tuesday morning.

Rep. Geanie Morrison filed a bill requesting the switch last week.

The fund was a point of discussion Tuesday morning at a regular Victoria Partnership meeting.

"It'll be an information and education campaign," Dale Fowler, president of the Victoria Economic Development Corp., said. "The community needs to be educated and informed about what Rep. Morrison's bill includes and what it doesn't include... We may need to have some consultants formulate those answers."

The group will work with consultants to do the campaign which could include hiring lobbyists to work out legislative initiatives. Fowler said the consultants could be a mix of local and out-of-town experts.

Mayor Will Armstrong, who spoke at the meeting, said he thinks the university switch will be controversial.

"This is going to be controversial," Armstrong said. We're going to be on strange grounds. I know nothing about how Austin works. We, I think, would be very foolish if we went into this scenario with one hand tied behind our back.... At one time it was thought that we could negotiate something, but now it's a nuclear war."

The sales tax board will meet at 4 p.m. to discuss further details. The city council also meets tonight.

For full coverage, read Wednesday's Advocate.



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